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FIFPro urges the IOC, FIFA and all other football confederations to ensure that human rights, labor rights, the environment and anti-corruption requirements are respected while bidding and deciding on the host of the Olympic Games, the FIFA World Cup or any other mega-sporting-event (MSE).

FIFPro is part of a joint initiative with some of the world's leading non-governmental organisations in the area of human rights, environment and anti-corruption (Human Rights Watch, International Trade Union Confederation, Terre des Hommes and Transparency International Germany), and official representatives of supporters (Supporters Direct and Football Supporters Europe).

From Sunday December 7th until Tuesday 9th, the IOC members are gathering in Monaco to discuss and vote on reform proposals put forward by IOC President Bach (20+20 Recommendations). FIFPro and its international allies seized the opportunity to write Bach a letter with their recommendations, as they are of the opinion that the meeting in Monaco is the perfect moment "to reform not just the IOC, but to address challenges across international sport more broadly".

Human rights are essential to FIFPro. In February this year, FIFPro told a European Parliament hearing that strictly enforced international human rights standards need be applied as a basic precondition for any country desiring to stage the FIFA World Cup.

FIFPro Secretary General Theo van Seggelen explains: "Recently reported events concerning violations of human and labor rights in Russia and Qatar, force FIFPro – speaking on behalf of all professional footballers worldwide – to fight for its social responsibility, as not a single human being should suffer from the organisation of a mega-sporting-event."

"Human rights of people involved in the mega-sporting-events must be safeguarded and firmly protected from human rights abuse, corruption or exploitation before such an event – for example the Olympics or the FIFA World Cup - is awarded."

"The prestige and political significance of the mega-sporting-events should motivate change if it is a non-negotiable precondition."

In the letter to Bach, all parties declare that they "are committed to engage and assist in the implementation of the proposed reforms and to provide background and guidance you (President Bach) and your team may need to make informed decisions that will affect many lives in prospective host countries. We hope to meet to discuss our shared interests early in 2015".

Click here to read the entire letter to IOC President Thomas Bach